“Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist”

George Orwell during the Second World War, in “Pacifism and the War“:

Pacifism. Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. […] remarks that ‘according to this type of reasoning, a German or Japanese pacifist would be “objectively pro-British”.’ But of course he would be! That is why pacifist activities are not permitted in those countries […] while both the Germans and the Japanese do all they can to encourage the spread of pacifism in British and American territories. […] In so far as it takes effect at all, pacifist propaganda can only be effective against those countries where a certain amount of freedom of speech is still permitted; in other words it is helpful to totalitarianism.

I am not interested in pacifism as a ‘moral phenomenon’. If Mr Savage and others imagine that one can somehow ‘overcome’ the German army by lying on one’s back, let them go on imagining it, but let them also wonder occasionally whether this is not an illusion due to security, too much money and a simple ignorance of the way in which things actually happen. […] Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force. But though not much interested in the ‘theory’ of pacifism, I am interested in the psychological processes by which pacifists who have started out with an alleged horror of violence end up with a marked tendency to be fascinated by the success and power of Nazism. […]
George Orwell

Which reminds me of this meme from the NAFO group:

It is truly like this: “Pacifism in practice: the weak must fear the strong“. The greatest success of democracy is that the weak must no longer fear the strong, and therefore pacifism and democracy do not belong together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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